Dave Meltzer Discusses AEW's 'Negativity' in Wrestling World

AEW Faces Intense Scrutiny and Criticism from Industry Insiders.

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Dave Meltzer Discusses AEW's 'Negativity' in Wrestling World
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This weekend, AEW celebrates its five-year anniversary, coinciding with the Double or Nothing 2024 event scheduled for Sunday, May 26. Co-founded by Tony Khan and The Elite, AEW has emerged as a significant alternative to WWE in the American pro wrestling landscape.

However, the promotion has faced substantial criticism from various quarters, including former industry insiders who appear to be actively rooting against its success. In a recent episode of "Wrestling Observer Radio," Dave Meltzer addressed this negativity.

Meltzer expressed his surprise at the extent of the vitriol directed at AEW, particularly evident on social media whenever TV ratings are released. He noted that this anti-AEW sentiment has had a notable impact on the company.

"I expected some negativity regardless of AEW's success or failure," Meltzer remarked. "I thought these critics would be isolated voices. However, I did not anticipate the number of people actively hoping for AEW's downfall.

It's almost as if some have built their careers around predicting AEW's demise, labeling Tony Khan as a 'money mark' and doubting the company's sustainability, even as it has achieved success."

Exaggerated Negativity

Meltzer acknowledged that while some criticism of AEW is justified, he finds much of the negative commentary exaggerated, especially when the company encounters challenges.

"When AEW stumbles, the negativity amplifies, often to ridiculous levels," he said. AEW's journey over the past five years has been marked by significant milestones and considerable pushback. As the promotion celebrates its anniversary with Double or Nothing 2024, it continues to navigate the complex landscape of professional wrestling.

AEW strives to solidify its position amidst ongoing scrutiny and skepticism, proving its resilience and commitment to the industry while addressing challenges and criticism from various quarters, including former industry insiders.

For AEW, the next chapter begins now, as it aims to build on its successes and address its critics head-on, proving its resilience and commitment to the wrestling industry.

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